Here at Tempohousing, we are big advocates of looking after our environment which is one of the reasons we love off-site construction. Manufacturing off-site decreases the damage to the environment on a massive scale. We provide many features that not only help maintain our beautiful surroundings but also help reduce those energy bills.
We supplied a green roof on the homeless shelter in Brighton. Green roofs benefit the wider environment through their positive impact on sustainability, biodiversity and the reduction of storm water. They also provide both social and economic benefits.
On a social element they provide additional green space in built up areas with limited open space such as a metropolis like London. The roofs can be used as community gardens or recreational spaces. Additionally, they can be used to grow local produce thus reducing a community’s urban footprint.
Economically, green roofs can extend the life expectancy of a roof, by protecting the underlying materials from extreme temperatures, UV radiation and mechanical damage, thus reducing the maintenance and renovation costs. It also acts as a great barrier to outside noise. Contributing to noise reduction in large cities is especially great for those near airports or industrial areas.
The environmental benefits alone of a green roof are incredible. Green roofs provide a natural habitat for a variety of species who have been disrupted by urban infrastructure. Water retention is a major advantage, particularly in the UK and Ireland where we tend to get a lot of rainfall and flooding. Green roofs can help to ease the burden on the sewer systems and limit localised flooding. They also help to reduce the CO² content in the air, thus helping to reduce the effects of global warming. 1m² of green roofing can absorb 5kg of CO² per year.
Here at Tempohousing we can provide the minimum water buffer of 25L/M².
Heat Recovery Systems
Our current project in Denmark “Urban Village 4000” will be equipped with a balanced ventilation system with heat recovery. Heat recovery is a whole property ventilation system that supplies and extracts air whilst recovering up to 95% of heat that would have been lost through ventilation alone.
This system has many benefits for the home and homeowners, such as reduction of heating requirements, removal of indoor air impurities, no mould and condensation build up, cleaner air due to the recycling of old stale air and replacement with fresh air and reduced energy costs. In addition, heat recovery systems also lower the levels of carbon dioxide which may be present.
Underfloor Heating and Solar Panels
The student accommodation units in Switzerland are equipped with underfloor heating. This type of heating is a lot more efficient than conventional radiators as they only heat the air around them, leaving cold spaces away from the radiators. Underfloor heating heats evenly across the entirety of the whole room.
When the installations in the units are ready, the solar panels will be installed, this installation is due this summer. The units in Switzerland are well insulated resulting in a U value of 0.156 W/m²K. This way we could reduce capacity of the underfloor heating by widening the distance between the tubing, reducing the usage of hot water and material to begin with. The units are also fitted with triple glazing windows, helping to reduce condensation and noise pollution.
Get in contact today if you would like some more information on environmentally friendly and energy saving features. While you’re here, check out our blog on the different insulation types we use here at Tempohousing. We look forward to hearing from you.